James N. Sasso is a joint Ph.D./J.D. student with Princeton’s Department of Politics and Harvard Law School. Currently, he is completing his second year of the Ph.D. program at Princeton, where he concentrates on American political development, public law, particularly the evolution of partisan strategies as they relate to the usage of the U.S. Constitution and federal courts throughout American history. He will begin the J.D. portion of his studies in the fall. Prior to coming to Princeton, James spent two years as a Project Analyst at Mintz Levin, a law firm headquartered in Boston. In addition to his legal research assignments, James volunteered to lead several of the firm’s community service programs, including mentoring middle school students in a mock-trial program, and assisting in pro bono cases, particularly those related to domestic violence. As an undergraduate at Boston College, from which he graduated summa cum laude with majors in History and Political Science, and as a member of Phi Betta Kappa, James led a mentoring program for freshmen males and guided a weekend vocational retreat. He also interned for Mayor Setti Warren of Newton, Massachusetts. When not working or thinking about politics and law, James plays basketball with the Princeton Club Basketball Team or cooks for his friends.